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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Humanities

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Humanities degree provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to receive an education in the diverse field of humanities, including language, philosophy, religion, art, music, performance, and literature. Coursework in this program supports students in their development of a rigorous and interdisciplinary lens to investigate the artifacts of human experience including intellectual and creative expressions, as well as cultural ideas and values of the ancient and modern worlds. As such, students develop habits of mind, such as creative and critical thinking skills and intellectual curiosity, that position them well for careers in a diverse array of fields and support lifelong learning. Graduates from humanities programs pursue successful careers in education, law, creative and professional writing, marketing and international business, social media production and management, government, the nonprofit sector, arts administration, and the helping professions.


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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Humanities (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Effective term
Fall 2021

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Interpret the artifacts of human experiences from an interdisciplinary perspective informed by humanities disciplines.
  2. Compare artifacts of thought from a variety of perspectives in order to understand commonality and meaningful diversity in the human experience.
  3. Develop the habits of mind fostered by engagement with the humanities such as intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and an openness to diverse perspectives.
  4. Identify individual, social, global, and environmental responsibility through engagement with the humanities disciplines.
  5. Explain the relevance of the humanities to one`s personal and professional development.
  6. Utilize cultural resources to support lifelong learning and engagement with the community.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary


Directors, Religious Activities and Education


Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary


English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary


Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary


Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates


Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists


Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary


Public Relations and Fundraising Managers


Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors


There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Judicial Law Clerks
* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Note: You will have to select one of the options below to view available course sequences.

Full-time Sequence

To view course sequences, select one of the pathway map options above.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Part-time Sequence

To view course sequences, select one of the pathway map options above.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Restricted Elective Course Selections:

Any ASB course with a [HU] designation. 

Cultural Studies: 
HUM225 Introduction to Popular Culture 3
HUM235 Disability Studies 3
HUM261 Asian Ideas and Values 3

Or any AHU, AIS, CCS, ITH, NVH, SPH, or WST course with a [HU] designation.

Any DAH course with a [HU] designation.

Theatre and Film Studies: 
ENH113 Writers/Directors and Current Issues 3
ENH140++ Any topic Literature and Film course 3
ENH253 Contemporary Global Literature and Film 3
ENH254 Literature and Film 3
ENH255 Contemporary U.S. Literature and Film 3
ENH256 Shakespeare on Film 3
HUM/THF205 Introduction to Cinema 3
HUM/THF206 Introduction to Television Arts 3
HUM/WST209 Women and Films 3
HUM/THF210 Contemporary Cinema 3
HUM211AA Foreign Films: Classics 3
HUM216 The Films and Career of Alfred Hitchcock 3
HUM213 Hispanic Film 3
HUM214 African-Americans in Film 3
HUM215 Film Comedy 3
HUM220 Film and History 3
SOC266 Sociology Through Film 3

Or any COM, THP, THE, THF with a [HU] designation.

Any HIS course with a [HU] designation.

SLC201 Introduction to Linguistics 3
SLC202 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory 3 

Or any ARB, ASL, CHI, FRE, GER, GRK, HBR, HEB, ITA, JPN, LAT, NAV, PIM, POR, RUS, SPA with a [HU] designation.

ENG200 Reading and Writing About Literature 3
+ ENG213 Introduction to the Study of Language 3

Or any ENH with a [HU] designation.
Recommend ENH222 or ENH242 for students interested in pursuing a transfer in English Literature.

Any MHL with a [HU] designation.

Any PHI course with a [HU] designation.

Religious Studies: 
Any REL course with a [HU] designation.

Visual Arts and Design:
HUM107 Humanities Through the Arts 3

Or any ARH, ART, INT, or TEC course with a [HU] designation.

Interdisciplinary and Special Topics within the Humanities:
AFR/ASB/CCS202 Ethnic Relations in the United States 3
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice 3
EDU/ENH291 Children`s Literature 3
EDU/HUM/STO292 The Art of Storytelling 3
EDU/ENH/STO294 Multicultural Folktales 3
FON143 Food and Culture 3
GST202 Games, Culture, and Aesthetics 3
HCR210 Clinical Health Care Ethics 3
HUM101 General Humanities 3
HUM108 Contemporary Humanities 3
HUM190++ Honors Forum 1
HUM201 Humanities: Universal Themes 3
HUM202 Humanities: Universal Themes 3
HUM245 Introduction to Holocaust Studies 3
HUM260 Intercultural Perspectives 3
SSH111 Sustainable Cities 3
STO295 Traditional Storytelling Around the World 3
SWU183 Introductory Ethics: A Social Service Perspective 3

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Humanities (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.